White Sands Missile Range Child, Youth & School Services Middle School and Teen Program’s very own Katy Combs was recently selected as the State of New Mexico’s Boys and Girls Club of America Military Youth of the Year.
Katy, 16, is currently attending Arrowhead Park Early College High School in Las Cruces, and is scheduled to graduate with not only her high school diploma but an Associate’s Degree of Science in May of 2016. Katy is also an officer for the National Honor Society at her school.
From there, she plans to continue her college education and go on to medical school to become an OB/GYN physician specializing in high risk pregnancies.
Chief, Child, Youth & School Services, Shawn Ticho, said he is very proud of Katy’s accomplishments.
“We are very proud of Katy and her accomplishment of winning the Boys & Girls Club of America Military Youth of the Year for New Mexico. It is definitely no easy task, but Katy truly is an amazing young lady that we are all extremely proud of. We could not ask for a better youth to represent White Sands Missile Range, Child Youth & School Services and the Middle School & Teen Program. This is a true testament of the impact CYS Services and its staff have on the youth,” Ticho said.
Ticho said Katy has a devout sense of humanity and citizenship that drives her to serve others. Katy spends countless hours volunteering within her community, from organizing care packages for the Forgotten Soldier Campaign, to developing anti-bullying and anti-drug campaigns within her school, to mentoring youth at the White Sands Missile Range MST program.
She also recently won the Senior Citizenship Award from Dona Ana County 4-H where she also serves as the Treasurer.
“This has been an amazing process and opportunity for me,” Katy said. “I am extremely proud to represent the military youth in the State of New Mexico. Winning this has given me additional opportunities to achieve my personal goals, which would not have been possible without the Middle School & Teen staff and my mother supporting me.” Katy’s mother is an employee at WSMR.
Over the weekend of March 20-22 Katy competed in Albuquerque against several other youth from various New Mexico military installations for this pristine award. There, she completed an entire interview process and delivered an emotional speech about her life as a military child and her goals and ambitions for enhancing the lives of future youth.
However, her preparation to compete for this award started long ago and was an extensive and tedious process. She had to complete a lengthy application, write four substantive essays, and provide three professional references all exhibiting why she was deserving of this award. Meanwhile, she still had to attend and complete school assignments, log volunteer hours, practice her speech and interviewing skills. In the end, all her hard work and dedication paid off, she not only won the title of New Mexico Military Youth of the Year but also won a trophy, a laptop, and six thousand dollars in scholarship monies. Katy will now be preparing to compete at the regional level in San Antonio, Texas for a chance to compete at the national level to become the National BGCA Military Youth of the Year.